Feeling Restless and 'weird'

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I've been taking mirtazapine for a week now. The first few days I felt very sick and dizzy. After that the sickness stopped and I got my apatite back (had hardly been eating for the last month) and I started sleeping a lot better.

The last 2 evenings I have felt so weird. Kind of agitated and restless, like I need to get up and do something all the time. I am a smoker and have found I have been smoking a lot more because I need to do something with myself. I have very vivid dreams and sometimes get confused between dreams and reality.

I have not felt the benefits in regard to depression, but I know that takes time.

Has anyone else felt like this? Is there anything I can do to help this feeling? And should I continue with them?

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    Hi I take a very low dose of Mirt and still get weird dreams after 14 months of taking it. It still makes me anxious yet does help me to get some sleep (GP prescribed it for this). It is up to you but I would not recommend this drug for depression; it is in a class known as SNRI and well known for its side effects and difficulty for withdrawing from.

    I took Citalopram (SSRI), for 18 months a few years ago and that was more tolerable for me.

    It may take several weeks for the Mirt to take affect for the mental issues. Have you tried the simple things first? There are plenty of good books and groups for support out there.

    Good luck.

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    Hi I am restarting Mirt again voor over a week now. I was off it for 6 months. It was a hard time. In the first few weeks after taking you will feel spacy, weird, and agitaded. The spacy weird feeling will go away, but the restless feeling won't. You will probably become more productive at home and at work. The agitated feeling will not go away. It will be worst two hours after taking the tablet. Not always nice for those around you, but for your health probaly better to be agitated then to have feelings of guilt wich is the opposite.

    The anti depressive effect will become more pronounced over the next few weeks. If it's a life saving med for you I d say don't stop and give it a chance. If stopping is an option for you then you are probably not really needing it and you should do so, because quitting isn't easy!

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    I would say give the Mirt. a chance. I have been on Mirt. for 3 months now starting on 15mg and now 30mg. Whilst I have had some bad days generally I have been ok. I do feel agitated a little but i find this is more so in the morning.

    The key for me is Mirt. has given me control of my home and work like and whilst I still have stress and anxiety, i can at least live a fairly normal life.

    I am also on a Mindfulness course, which also is helpful (if you give it a chance, the group started with 10 people but in my last session there were only 3 people are left )

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    Thank you for all the advice smile

    Stopping is not an option, I was just wondering if there was any other tablets I could ask my doctor about if the side effects don't calm down. I'm seeing her on Friday and she said if these have no effect then she would take me off of anti depressants all together. I was on citolopram for about 6 - 8 weeks with an increased dose 4 weeks down the line, and I found it did nothing for me. If anything it made me worse as I started to self harm again.

    I am doing a few sessions of counselling which I find very helpful. I always feel most positive after coming out of a session. Thank you for the advice on the mindfulness course, I have never heard of that and it sounds like something I would be interested in, my counsellor taught me some simple breathing techniques and I find they really help.

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